Vernacular Jazz, also known as Solo Jazz or Jazz Roots, refers to black vernacular dances styles ranging from Cake Walk and Charleston through to Be-bop and early rock and roll. It indicates dancing without a partner (rather than dancing with a partner, like Lindy Hop). Unlike Broadway Jazz, it has limited influences from ballet. Solo Jazz can be improvised or choreographed. It ranges from sly and slinky to aerobic and goofy.
Current Scholarship: The non-normative women that dominated popular culture in the 1910’s and 20’s as performers, choreographers, and producers of internationally touring variety shows.
1st Place - 2017 Mobtown Ballroom - Solo Jazz
Teaching: Sundays 4:30 - 5:30 pm at Urban Movement Arts
photo credit: Jerry Almonte